Queries, Lascars and Chinese : manuscript

hand-written text on yellowed paper

Taken as part of a parliamentary investigation into the living conditions of ‘Lascars and Chinese’ was begun in 1814 An account of the responses to fifteen Asian and Chinese seamen of the East India Company living in appalling conditions at Shadwell in the East End of London. , which produced a Report from a Committee on Lascars and Other Asiatic Seamen in 1816. As part of their investigation, a number of questions required answering; fifteen ‘queries’ were put forward by the committee, with one of their clerks dispatched to Shadwell to receive answers. Thirteen of the questions are answered here.

  • Title: Queries, Lascars and Chinese : manuscript.
  • Production: London, 1814

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LWL Mss Vol. 275

Acquired August 2022

Proceedings at a meeting of the British inhabitants of Fort St. George

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  • Author: British inhabitants of Fort St. George.
  • Title: Proceedings at a meeting of the British inhabitants of Fort St. George, Madras, on Monday, September 19, 1785, in consequence of a summons by the High Sheriff of the said town. With an address to his Majesty, and petitions to both Houses of Parliament, on the subject of Mr. Pitt’s East-India Bill.
  • Published: London : J. Debrett, 1786.

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63 786 P963

Acquired January 2021

Observations on the tea and window act

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  • Author: Twining, Richard, 1749-1824, author.
  • Title: Observations on the tea and window act, and on the tea trade / by Richard Twining.
  • Edition: The third edition.
  • Publication: London : Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXV [1785]

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53 T92 785

Acquired April 2020

Carlo Khan dethron’d, or, Billy’s triumph

description belowOn the left, Charles Fox, dressed as an Oriental prince, lies on the ground having fallen off an elephant who has the face of Lord North; Fox’s dice and dice box are scattered on the pavement. In the speech bubble above his head: “Perdition, take thee for the chanse is thing.” To his right, William Pitt sits astride the elephant who stands at the entrance to the East India House, his face turned toward the viewer. Pitt offers in his left hand a “New India Bill” and holds three others under his arm and in his pocket: “Stamp […] act”, “Sup … lies”, and “Military Act …”. The building on the left has been extended to as far as Pitt’s back.

  • Title: Carlo Khan dethron’d, or, Billy’s triumph [graphic].
  • Edition: [State with elephant’s face turned towards viewer].
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d as the act directs March 24th, 1784, by S. Fores, No. 3 Piccadilly, [24 March 1784]

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Acquired December 2019

The children of India worshiping the golden calf

“Indian men and women kneel before a large rectangular pedestal on which stands a golden calf with the head of Hastings. Three Indians lie on the pedestal at Hastings’s feet, making gestures of despair and entreaty. From his mouth protrudes a sword (left) inscribed ‘The Brand of Devastation’. On his back sits Wilkes facing the tail (right) which he lifts with one hand; in the other is the cap of ‘Liberty’ in which he catches large jewels excreted by the Golden Calf. He wears a livery gown and says: “Who would not wipe a Calf’s Backside, To gain the Sparks of Eastern Pride”. At the Calf’s feet lie a crown, sceptre, and orb, with (?) scimitars. On the ground and on the extreme left a well-dressed man stands before an altar holding a knife which drips blood over the altar; he says, pointing to an Indian who lies at his feet, stabbed through the heart: ‘When British Judges rule the Coast, The Natives must obey, No palliative means we boast, By G——you die or pay’. In the foreground (right) stand Thurlow and a military officer. The Chancellor, who wears his wig and robe, is blindfolded; in his right hand he holds erect the ‘Sword of Justice’, which is being taken from him by the officer who holds a diamond against the blade. In Thurlow’s left hand is a bag inscribed ‘Gold Moors’; he says: “Which Powerful God my wavering mind controuls, And my Sage Brows with Golden bands infolds, ‘Tis Mammons self I can be Just no more, Take thou the Sword give me the Golden Store”. The officer, who wears a wallet or haversack inscribed ‘Diamonds’, says: “So shall we Triumph while the Diamond’s smile, Can melt the Soul and Justice’s beguile.” Three Indians who kneel in the foreground below the pedestal of the Golden Calf are offering money (a bag inscribed ‘Gold Moors’) and jewel-boxes to Hastings.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitleThe children of India worshiping the golden calf [graphic] : this be thy God O India! who has brought thee to the verge of destruction.
  • Publication:[ London] : Publish’d May 15, 1788, by J. Berry, No. 129 Oxford Road, [15 May 1788]

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Drawer 788.05.15.01

Acquired October 2017

Bengal troops on the line of march : a panaoramic sketch

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  • Printmaker: Ludlow, William Andrew.
  • TitleBengal troops on the line of march : a panaoramic sketch / by an officer of that army [i.e. Capt. Ludlow].
  • Published[London] : Day and Haghe’s Zincy, [1850?]

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Folio 81 835 L945

Acquired November 2017

Letters to Anthony Hamond of Westacre, High-House

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A collection of 91 letters written over a 24 year period (1795-1819) from Benjamin Wymberly Salmon to his wealthy friend Anthony Hamond. The topics include, among others: estate management including news of the West Indian pineapples in his new “hot house”, mutual friends in the East Indies, Norfolk politics and candidates for local elections, trips to London, Bath, and Norwich, the possible erection of a memorial monument to Lord Nelson, in Norwich, etc. Salmon offers ongoing investment advice to Hamond about the East India Company and the election of its directors. He relates news of a mutual friend, George Tatem director of the East India Company.

  • AuthorSalmon, Benjamin Wymberly, 1743-1821.
  • TitleLetters to Anthony Hamond of Westacre, High-House, 1795-1819.

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Acquired July 2014

Enlistment paper for Thomas Lavit

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Form with blanks filled in for the enlistment of “Thomas Lavit born in Reding” in the United East-India Company. The enlisted man attests to his good health and swears he is neither apprenticed to anyone nor His Majesty’s service. The term of service is five years. The document is witnessed by the Mayor, W. Fielding. and G. Martens. Numbered ‘226’ on verso.

  • Title: Enlistment paper for Thomas Lavit to serve in the East-India Company : Blomfield 1770 October 23.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 113

Acquired July 2013